98 Min | Action – Crime – Thriller | February 2013
IMDB Rating: 5.3
Director: John Moore
Starring: Bruce Willis, Jai Courtney, Sebastian Koch
A Good Day to Die Hard Review: A Good Day To Die Hard basically tries to be the largest part of the series. It takes place in Russia with large vehicles, bigger guns, and bigger explosion. It could have been a simple fun throwback for John McClane to play around, but put aside these action sequences, we get an uninteresting plot and a set of forgettable characters. It’s pretty unusual for a Die Hard film. It mostly forgets the magic of the series and instead turning this into a typical modern blockbuster where things are only interested in being loud and nothing else. It’s still enjoyable to see Bruce Willis shooting and beating up bad guys with his charisma. In the end, it’s just another blockbuster using an iconic action hero with a quite large scale. The plot is palpably unappealing, though it doesn’t matter as long as it’s as fun as the previous installments. Unfortunately, it isn’t.
A Good Day To Die Hard may be surrounded by largely destructive action scenes, but when it tells the story it suffers a problematic and inert premise and stuck with a troubled relationship between John and Jack. The film is also a victim of a classic action sequel cliché like Indiana Jones, The Mummy, Star Trek, Tron etc. that reveals the unspoken son of the action hero. The problem of this element is the lack of likeness between the personalities of the two. Jack is only labeled as John McClane’s son. The action scenes are exciting at least. McClane wrecking the entire street and smashing and crashing several cars and trucks. It’s an undeniably large over the top crazy sequence. Then there are more shooting, destroying, crashing, CGI, and explosions. It’s best when it stays that way, pleasuring the audience with a lot of decent action set pieces no matter how absurd it gets. Another great thing is it’s short so we may not linger to this terribly told storyline unless it spends more of the time developing the plot and the characters, but it’s too late for that.
A Good Day To Die Hard is a gigantic mediocre mess. It probably only exists to set up a new generation for a younger action hero to take over the franchise. But after all of those attempts of giving these icons a son for a replacement’s sake. These kids are nothing like their fathers and doesn’t show anything interesting about themselves. They are only awesome because their daddies were awesome, but you’ll suddenly realize they are just lackluster action hero cookie-cutters. Sadly, even the hero himself is becoming a generic nut that makes you want to let the old man finally live in a retirement home. The action may be big, decent, and fun but there is nothing else in the end. Die Hard is now a victim of these disposable sequels. It may be huge in scale but it is also huge in disappointments.